Sometimes you may feel as if dentistry falls into two main categories: “ugly dentistry” for “bad teeth” and “pretty dentistry” for movie stars. But it doesn’t. Everyone deserves a smile makeover if they want to change the look or feel of their smile. Regardless of whether the treatment is preventive, cosmetic, or restorative, dentistry is always about giving you the most healthy, beautiful version of yourself possible. Find out how a smile makeover can help you do just that.
You’ll agree with us that the hallmark of a beautiful, healthy smile is in the color. If your pearly whites aren’t exactly “pearly,” you may feel a little embarrassed to burst out that grin. In most cases, you can improve the color of your teeth through teeth whitening treatments, polishing, and generally improving your oral hygiene.
Cosmetic bonding and contouring treatments may also help get rid of discolorations that exist in the inner layer of the tooth. Consider booking a consultation with your cosmetic dentist to find out which treatment would be best for your particular situation.
Even having just two or three teeth out of place can interfere with the beauty of a smile. But that’s not the only downside to having crooked teeth. A properly aligned bite is also better for your oral health.
Straight teeth that don’t overlap or overcrowd have fewer nooks for bacteria to hide in so you have an easier time brushing and flossing. With better oral hygiene comes a lower risk of tooth decay and gum disease. You’re also less likely to chip or crack your enamel when your teeth fit together correctly.
Traditional metal, lingual, or ceramic braces can help realign your teeth so that they are in a more attractive and functional position. If you have relatively minor alignment issues, you could be a good candidate for Invisalign clear aligners—a virtually invisible orthodontic therapy.
Your teeth aren’t the only thing that matters when it comes to having a beautiful smile—your gums are just as important. You’ve heard the saying: a little long in the tooth. When you have too little gum showing, your teeth look longer, and you appear older than you actually are.
Too much gum in your smile is also problematic. Your teeth appear shorter and you end up with a “gummy” smile. Luckily, through gum contouring, your cosmetic dentist in Chico, CA, can modify your smile to show just the right combination of gum and teeth for an attractive smile.
Perhaps one of the fastest and easiest ways to hide discolored or badly shaped teeth and make your smile beautiful again is to simply cover up all the unattractive dental flaws with veneers or crowns.
The thin tooth-colored porcelain shells can conceal imperfections on the front side of the teeth. Crowns, on the other hand, completely enclose the tooth from its cusp to just below the gum line, which not only improves the appearance, but also makes the tooth stronger, protecting a damaged tooth from breaking or restoring one that’s already broken.
Missing teeth will literally leave a gap in your smile that makes you more susceptible to gum disease, tooth decay, and even bone loss. Losing even just one tooth could also affect your ability to bite into food and talk with ease.
Because teeth help to maintain an attractive facial shape, when you’re missing several teeth, your facial structure may end up looking a little deflated on that side of your jaw. The good news is that dentists have a number of tooth replacement options at their disposal. From dental implants and bridges to full and partial dentures, the experienced My Chico Dentist prosthodontist can help you choose the best option for you, optimizing the look and function of your teeth.
As a child, gaps in teeth are thought of as “adorable.” When you grow up, those uneven spaces are no longer looked upon so favorably when you smile. In fact, with widely spaced teeth, food particles collect in the gaps making plaque and tartar buildup happen faster. This will not only increase the odds of persistent bad breath, but it will also make it more difficult to control bacteria that causes tooth decay and cavities.
Not having enough space between teeth is also a problem. Crowding issues make it difficult to clean in between teeth resulting in the same dental issues as widely spaced teeth. A trained dentist can evaluate the severity of your spacing issue and come up with a plan that will fix the problem and prevent serious issues from occurring later on.
Discolored or damaged teeth, crooked smiles, and unattractive dental flaws can all be valid reasons to get a smile makeover. If any of these issues are present in your smile, we invite you to schedule an appointment with My Chico Dentist. We offer a multitude of options in regards to dental implants, crowns, whitening, and much more, so that you can have that beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always wanted.